By Allysa Nievera
Tourism activities in some areas of the Cordillera region have been suspended amid the novel coronavirus (nCoV) scare.
The municipalities of Atok, Benguet, and Tinglayan, Kalinga have decided to postpone all tourism activities and close all tourist attractions as part of safety precautions against the spread of the virus.
Atok Mayor Raymundo Sarac announced on Wednesday (Feb. 5) that all tourism activities in Atok will be temporarily suspended starting Thursday until further notice.
Meanwhile, Tinglayan Mayor lawyer Sacrament Gumilab issued an executive order on Thursday temporarily suspending all tourism activities.
The municipality is under a temporary lockdown from tourists for public safety reasons.
The summer capital of the Philippines, Baguio City recently suspended its opening parade of the Panagbenga festival and all other festival activities.
The Department of Health (DOH) confirmed on Wednesday the third case in the country of the 2019 nCoV acute respiratory disease, involving a 60-year-old Chinese woman from Wuhan, China.